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Nature’s Frontiers

Achieving Sustainability, Efficiency, and Prosperity with Natural Capital

Recognizing the essential services provided by natural capital, Nature’s Frontiers proposes a novel approach to address these foundational challenges of sustainability.
The World Bank
The Natural Capital Project

Event Details:

Friday, June 30, 2023
12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT (9:00am - 11:00am PDT)

Location

Washington, DC
United States

Location

Virtual
Elana Kimbrell, Director of Communications at The Natural Capital Project

This event is open to:

General Public

Nearly all types of natural capital—the world’s stock of resources provided by nature—are in decline. The ecosystem services that flow from those natural capital assets – such as fertile soils for crops, rich ocean life supporting tourism and productive fisheries, and dense forests for carbon capture – are necessary for life on Earth. 

Recognizing the essential services provided by natural capital, Nature’s Frontiers: Achieving Sustainability, Efficiency, and Prosperity with Natural Capital, a joint report from the Natural Capital Project and the World Bank, proposes a novel approach to address these foundational challenges of sustainability. A methodology combining innovative science, new data sources, and cutting-edge biophysical and economic models builds sustainable resource efficiency frontiers to assess how countries can sustainably use their natural capital in more efficient ways. The analysis provides recommendations on how countries can better utilize their natural capital to achieve their economic and environmental goals.

Join us for a presentation from the authors and a panel discussion on the country-level applications of this work.

Schedule

Friday, June 30, 2023

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    Welcoming Remarks

    Anna Wellenstein, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank

    Anna Wellenstein

    Anna Wellenstein

    Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sustainable Development Practice Group

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    Overview Presentation

    Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota

    Steve Polasky

    Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota and The Natural Capital Project

    Peter Hawthorne

    Peter Hawthorne

    Natural Capital Insights

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    Panel Discussion

    Moderator: Mary Ruckelshaus

     Mary Ruckelshaus, Managing Director, Natural Capital Project

    Mary Ruckelshaus

    Natural Capital Project

    Carl Folke

    Carl Folke

    Chair of the board and co-founder, Stockholm Resilience Center Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

    Adrian L. Vogl

    Adrian Vogl

    Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project/World Bank

     Julie Rozenberg

    Julie Rozenberg

    Senior Economist, World Bank

    Juha Siikamäki

    Juha Siikamäki

    Chief Economist, International Union for the Conservation of Nature

    Giovanni Ruta

    Giovanni Ruta

    Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank

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    Moderated Q&A with audience

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    Closing Remarks

    Valerie Hickey

    Valerie Hickey

    Global Director for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank

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